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FICTION - Negative Fun(1978 Aussie punk/powerpop) CD

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    1978 Aussie punk/powerpop, pre Little Murders.

    Like Reals, Negatives, Young Charlatans and News/Babeez, The Fiction is but a footnote in Melbourne punk’s earliest days, briefly existing from 1978-79. They released a posthumous EP under the name Little Murders, kickstarting that enduring brand and the career of its leader, Rob Griffiths.  They also enjoyed the patronage of the rightly-lauded Melbourne punk mover and shaker Bruce Milne and Pulp, the zine he ran with Clinton Walker. 

    The Fiction had a loose affiliation with those glam-sheep- in-punk-wolves clothing, La Femme, sharing a practice space and a manager. Musically, The Fiction seems to have been drawing more from bands like The Who and the Small Faces, although there’s undoubtedly a bit of Bowie in there, too.

    So they gigged sporadically and had a short life. The band fell apart after vocalist Griffiths took ill for a month after a big show at the Crystal Ballroom. Malnutrition will do that to you. Guitarist Rob Wellington went on to a band called International Exiles with his girlfriend - and to much more fame as a renowned video producer for people like John Farnham. 

    Griffiths is still turning out stellar rock-pop and is something of an under-appreciated talent, in the ilk of Mariani and Oxley. If only any of them had been given the right breaks, internationally, at the right time… 

    “Negative Fun” is a rehearsal tape from The Fiction’s earliest pre-performance phase (that’d be early ’78.) At that point they were a bass-less trio. Let’s not be too precious about this: It’s raw, rambunctious punk rock and recorded for self amusement and/or reflection. It was not intended for release. Nothing was finessed and the band was still coalescing. Count-ins and breathless chatter remain intact. 

    It’s an artefact and, as such, probably essential listening only for the obsessives and dilettantes who were there at the time - or weren’t and want to catch up. In some ways it’s as revelatory as the retrospective DUMBWORLD  release for Chris Walsh and Garry Gray’s Negatives and Reels, who pre-dated The Fiction and arguably were more nihilistic. 

    Here's a thought: I’m not suggesting that The Fiction and Sydney’s X were even remotely aware of each other, but their common use of a single X as a logo shows great minds can think alike, even in isolation. A couple of The Fiction songs (“State of Execution”, especially) could have been X numbers. The Ramones were yet to set foot in Australia but “Subterranean City” betrays what might have been some peripheral influence.

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